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Point Earning Opportunities (Autumn 2017)

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   The easiest way to help out your house and show your lion’s pride is to earn points! There are lots of ways you can do this so you’re bound to find some that play to your strengths.


  In this post, I’ll give you a brief run-down of the regular point earning opportunities available to you. Whenever a new one opens up throughout the Autumn Term, I’ll post it as a reply so keep checking back!


 The first and most obvious is to take part in classes. Most classes will give you the chance to earn 60 points a month through homework and extra credit. If you take several classes (even if you don’t have the time for the maximum of 5 every term), those 60 points soon mount up to quite a tidy haul.


Class sign-up opened on September 1st 2017 so remember to put your name down for the classes that interest you and get sending in that homework! (It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on the individual assignment deadlines so that you don’t run out of time or put too much pressure on yourself)


  The next are the creative projects offered by the Hol Library and art department. If you enjoy getting artsy or brushing up on your writing, have a look at current and past projects, as well as keeping an eye open for new ones.


  Finally there are the house newspapers. These are a great chance to earn plenty of points by writing about what interests you. If articles and reviews aren’t your thing, most also offer creative prompts and even the chance to submit your own puzzles, recipes, graphics and many other things.


 All of them have different windows for submitting so be sure to check The Great Hall on the Hol Forum and the Common Rooms for announcements from the editors of each (I’ll be doing my best to keep you clued up about the deadlines for all of them here too).  The most important thing to remember is that whenever you have some spare time to get journalistic, you’re almost certain to find a home for what you come up with.

Visit our own Paw Print:


Slytherin’s SerpenTimes:


Ravenclaw’s Alte Sententiam:


And Hufflepuff’s Wizarding Times:



  Throughout the term, there will be unique and exciting activities to take part in which will give you the chance to earn points along the way. Remember to check my replies to this thread for announcements and reminders about anything that might be occurring!

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  News flash! The Alte just relaunched with chances to write articles and also to participate in their exciting year-long creative writing challenges. (Check the Great Hall for Prof. Ryan Granger’s posts on those)

 Deadline for this issue: 30th September


  The SerpenTimes is also open for business and is asking for your submissions based around ‘mystery’ as well as anything else you can think of. Remember to check out their extremely fun exclusives for extra points. (Visit the SerpenTime’s forum in The Dungeons or Prof. Scarlet Leslie-Lewis’ thread in The Great Hall for details)

Deadline for this Issue: October 15th

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  Two more point earning opportunities for you to try your hand at (when you’re not madly churning out homework assignments and joining us for Gryfftoberfest, of course)


  Firstly, our own Paw Print is taking submissions until the 23rd of October. Get writing and remember to check out Pros and Cons so this can be the best issue to date! (You’ll find all the info you need over in The Quivering Quill)


  Secondly, everyone has been invited to our darling Sir Nick’s 525th Death Day Party. There is ghostly fun to be had and points to be earned so be sure to check it out. (Either follow the blog post in the Entrance Hall or have a look at the section called ‘One of the Roomier Dungeons’ on the HOL forum)

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Three More updates for you :)


  Hogsmeade is about to experience its own Literary Festival. You’ll have the chance to attend panels, join in with writing workshops and even do a spot of book trading, all while earning points, beans and awards. Check the Bookclub section on the HOL Forum for the Sign-up thread or follow the blog post in the Entrance Hall.

Deadline for Sign-ups: 28th October


Think you have what it takes to be crowned Mx HOL? Over the next month the search is on: compete in several rounds and prove your self and your skills while earning points. Get your aplications in! Follow the blog post in the Entrance Hall or look for the Mx Hol Subforum on the main HOL forum.

Sign-up Deadline: 2nd November


  Read all about it! Hufflepuff’s Wizarding times is still accepting submissions for its next issue. Even if you don’t have time to write an article, be sure to check out their fun ‘My Kitchen’ and ‘My Garden’ prompts. All the info you need can be found on the main HOL Forum in Prof. Rorey Padfoot’s thread in The Great Hall.

Deadline: 31st October

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You have an extra week to sign up for Mx HOL. Go bring glory to Gryffindor! (...and earn us some points too)

Updated deadline: 11th November

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  Secret Elf has launched on the main HOL forum! You can give a gift to another HOLer, receive one yourself and earn 30 points as a bonus on top of all that. Go to the HOL forum and find the Secret Elf Subforum (or use the blog post on the main page) and get yourselves signed up.

Deadline: 5th December

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  HOL is hoisting the mainsail and taking to the seas for a school-wide game of Battle Ship. There are plenty of points to be earned so be sure to check out the 'Battle Ships' section of the main forum for details. Don't worry if you don't have a team, you can sign up as an individual and be matched with a crew.

Deadline for Sign-ups: January 4th


  The Serpentimes is still open for submissions so curl up with your keyboard and get writing on the theme of hibernation (or anything else you feel like contributing, of course). Remember their exclusives are a fun, easy way to snag some extra points.

Deadline: 15th January


Quick Update: As of this morning, there were 3 Gryffs in the top 10 of the point Earners list, Keep up the amazing work you guys!

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  The Book Club are celebrating the many ways people experience the magic of the written word with the annual Harry Potter Book Festival. Three tasks worth 10 points each are released weekly and there are 90 points up for grabs in total. Get on over to the Book Club section of the main forum to join in. The deadline for week 1 is 11.59 PM HOL-time on Sunday 4th Feb.


There's still a little time to get Drabbles and Stories in for the next issue of the Alte Sententiam. Check out the posts in The Great Hall on the main forum for details.

Deadline: 31st January


 the Serpentimes is already gearing up for their next issue, themed around you, so get your article ideas in early. Check out the Dungeons for info

Deadline: 15th March

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